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Spring term dates: January 24 - April 30, 2022

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Health and Safety Guidelines

All participants in Spring 2022 Ceramics Program classes must abide by current Harvard University policies and practices to Keep Harvard Healthy. All participants must provide their date of birth in their registration account and a Harvard ID number if you have one. If you do not have a Harvard ID, you will be issued one prior to the start of classes for building access. Registered participants will be provided instructions for communicating vaccination status by submitting images of vaccination cards to the Ceramics Program and Harvard University Health Services, participating in required COVID testing cadences, wearing masks at all times when in the Ceramics Program building, and observing physical distancing where required. These guidelines may change over time, and participants should expect to review and take steps to comply with the most updated guidelines before classes begin and throughout the term. Ceramics Program reserves the right to suspend any and all programs at any time if health and safety conditions change.

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Questions on course content, health and safety and facility questions? Please email Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.

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Register for courses on Tuesday, November 16th at 2pm - Friday, January 14th at 3pm.

Spring 2022 Course Preview

Absolute Beginners for Harvard Students

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: February 12 - April 16 (10 classes/12 weeks) - CLASS IS FULLAbsolute Beginners with Diane Lulek
Day/Time: Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Diane Lulek

Course Description: Harvard undergraduate and graduate students - ready to try your hand at the wheel? Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor will guide you through making a variety of forms to then decorate and glaze and will introduce you to the studio. A great way for Harvard students to take a break and explore your creative side in this fun introduction to clay!

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Advancing Glazes

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 31 - April 18 (12 classes) ceramic material in scale for use in mixing a glaze
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm**
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Matthew Katz/Casey Zeng  

Course Description: 

This course is the next step after Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry and is led by Alfred University instructor Matthew Katz, facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. Advancing Glazes will take an intensive approach to the study and analysis of glazes. Students will research the nature of glaze effects, surfaces, and colors. The focus of the

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Arthur's Garden

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 27 - April 14 (12 classes/14 weeks)Ceramic Platter with flowers by Arthur Halvorsen
Day/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Arthur Halvorsen

Course Description: Get ready for a riot of color, new surface techniques for your work and a lot of laughter! In this course, you will be introduced to Arthur’s playful process of using vibrant colors depicting flora and fauna on everyday forms. Arthur’s spontaneous decorating is over the top full of creative energy and playful images. Class demonstrations will include applying several surface techniques applied to his hand built forms using stamps, sprigs, paper stencils, newsprint transfers, sgraffito and decals. There will be time for hands on group activity designed to explore newsprint ... Read more about Arthur's Garden

Basics and Challenges with Deighton Abrams

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 27 - April 14 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLBasics and Challenges
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Deighton Abrams

Course Description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.

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Basics and Challenges with Stephanie Young

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 25 - April 12 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLBasics and Challenges
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Stephanie Young

Course Description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.

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Basics and Challenges with Steve Murphy

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Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 25 - April 12 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULL Basics and Challenges
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Steve Murphy

Course Description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.... Read more about Basics and Challenges with Steve Murphy

Ceramic Sculpture

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 26 - April 13 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLBlue Skull detail of Deighton Abrams sculpture
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description: Find your creative voice with ceramics! Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we cannot. Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to ... Read more about Ceramic Sculpture

Circle, Square, Oval

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 25 - April 12 (12 classes/14 weeks) Plate in yellow and rust with circles and pattern systems by Paul Wisotzky
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Paul Wisotzky

Course Description: This class will focus on creating circular, square and oval pots that start on the wheel. It will include altering, adding hand-built elements, subtracting material, and attention to surface both in the wet and leather hard stages. We’ll explore a variety of utilitarian pottery including cups and mugs,... Read more about Circle, Square, Oval

Coil Built Vessels

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 25 – April 12 (12 classes/14 weeks) Shea Burke coiled vessel on ground with fabric coming out of the interior.
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Shea Burke

Course Description: Join 2021-22 Harvard Ceramics Program Artist in Residence Shea Burke in focusing on coil-building vessel forms as much more than an introductory hand building process. Today increasing numbers of ceramists are coil-building and have found the method to be far more than an introduction to clay, but a technique for creative expression in ceramics with unique value.... Read more about Coil Built Vessels

Combined Methods

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 26 - April 13 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLTumblers, beige and blue by Maureen Mills
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Maureen Mills

Course Description: Join new instructor and full-time studio potter Maureen Mills for a course designed for students moving forward in their interest of the ceramic medium, combining wheel thrown and altered forms, with a focus on integrating new surface techniques with slips and glaze. This course is primarily a studio class structured around student proposals for a current body of work in combination with thematic assignments. Assignments will highlight and examine advanced process-based learning involving surface techniques, altered or complex forms, slip and glazing techniques.

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Explore | Refine

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 26 - April 13 (12 classes/14 weeks) Black stacked vessel by Andrew Castañeda
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Andrew Castañeda
 
Course Description: 
This class format focuses on breaking old habits and considering new directions to take our work, including utility, form, and surface. Students will be challenged to refine and rework ideas through exercises and group critique. Though demonstrations will primarily be wheel throwing, hand builders are welcome. Many of the concepts we will discuss are widely applicable, but demonstrations and exercises will focus on the wheel as a tool. The class will ... Read more about Explore | Refine

Exploring Soda

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 28 - April 15 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLInterior of soda fired kiln, multiple pots, cone packs.
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:  Denny McLaughlin

Course Description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel-thrown forms by using soda slips and washes, as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the... Read more about Exploring Soda

Form and Function - The Way of the Slab

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 26 - April 13 (12 classes/14 weeks)slab mug with swirl impressed pattern by Joanna Mark
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:  Diane Lulek and Joanna Mark

Course Description: This class will demonstrate a combination of slab and wheel work, surface decoration, and an exploration of form. Techniques will focus on both hard and soft slab construction, often combined with wheel thrown elements. Surface techniques will include the use of slips, carving, inlay, sgraffito, handmade stamps, and found objects. Those incorporating wheel thrown work will be expected to bring that work with them to class. No wheel instruction will be provided in this class. Basic clay knowledge is recommended.

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Hand Made and Atmospheric Firing

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Spring

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2022

Dates: January 28 - April 15 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLCoiled pots of different colors and fabric by Shea Burke.
Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Shea Burke

Course Description: Join 2021-22 Harvard Ceramics Program Artist in Residence Shea Burke in an introduction to working with clay by hand and exploring a variety of firing methods beyond traditional oxidation or reduction firing. Working sculpturally or functionally, techniques such as coiling, working with slabs and the act of pinching will be demonstrated in class. Select works from the class will be fired with atmospheric firing techniques such as raku, saggar and soda/reduction fired to explore the rich and varied surfaces created when the kiln becomes a partner in decorating. ... Read more about Hand Made and Atmospheric Firing

Independent Studio - Electric Kiln Certified Only

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Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 24 - April 30 (14 weeks)Glaze room.
Days/Time: Varies
Level: Advanced
Supervisors: Kathy King Director and Geoff Booras, Operations Coordinator

Course Description: Studio access for self-directed work. Independent Studio is open to those who have previously enrolled in a class at the Ceramics Program, are certified to fire the electric kilns, and can process their own work. Includes studio access and other opportunities. 

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Introduction to Wheel Throwing

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Spring

Offered: 

2022

Date: January 27 - April 14 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLWhite pierced vessel by Katie Bosley
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Katie Bosley

Course Description: Join Mudflat Studio’s 2021-22 Artist in Residence, Katie Bosley for an introduction to using the potter’s wheel as a tool for making functional pottery and ways the wheel can be used to create closed forms and parts to connect. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning each class will build off each other to gain skills and confidence in clay.... Read more about Introduction to Wheel Throwing

Mold Making for Design

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 27 – April 14 (12 classes/14 weeks) CLASS IS FULLThree vase images of 3D printed vase, molded and decorated by Andrew Castaneda.
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Andrew Castañeda

Course Description:  In this course, we will be taking a deep dive into Andrew Martin's The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting. Students will be able to build and access a 3D printer for prototyping and printing plastic positives to cast. Students will learn basic Rhino skills to create 3D models that will aid us in plaster mold making and slip casting. Prior Rhino or other digital modeling experience is not required. In addition to 3D modeling and printing,... Read more about Mold Making for Design

Surface Exploration

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 28 - April 22 (12 classes/14 weeks)*Pierced flower brick, white with flowers inside by Katie Bosley
Day/Time: Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor:  Katie Bosley

Course Description: Join Mudflat Studio’s 2021-22 Artist in Residence, Katie Bosley in a deep dive of surface exploration. Discover new ways to liven up your handbuilt or thrown ceramic vessels and consider elements of design as you decorate a wide range of functional objects. Expand your technical skillset as you learn how to apply slip in new ways, experiment with resist methods, and carve and pierce clay.... Read more about Surface Exploration

The Figure

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Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 27 - April 14 (12 classes/14 weeks) Claudia Olds Goldie sculpture with woman holding sheep.
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:  Claudia Olds Goldie

Course Description: Create convincing, proportionate ceramic figures that capture the gesture, personality, and emotional presence of the individual. Students will consider how to imbue a sense of emotion and inner life in their figures through expressive eyes, facial muscles, and hands and will look at contemporary and historical ceramic sculpture to understand how to incorporate narrative and a variety of ceramic techniques.

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Wheel Intensive

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 24 - April 11 (12 classes/14 weeks)View, looking doward of interior of bowl for tea ceremony by Steve Murphy.
Day/Time: Mondays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy
 
Course Description: Focusing primarily on the wheel, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement, and surface. A focus of the class will be on the concept of wabi sabi – the traditional Japanese aesthetic of a world centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Tea Ceremony ware including tea bowls (Chawan) and water containers (Misusashi) will be demonstrated. We will also cover large vessels and the... Read more about Wheel Intensive

Online Courses

The Parts of a Tea Set - Online

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 16 – April 13 (12 classes)Teapot on stand, blues, purples, flower pattern made by Ruth Easterbrook.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm ET on Zoom
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: What makes up a tea set? Vessel forms with a range of shapes, edges, lips, and feet as well as handles, spouts, and lids. Over the course of the spring session, we will break down and research the different parts of a tea set using a range of hand building techniques.... Read more about The Parts of a Tea Set - Online

Experimental Photography on Clay - Online

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 26 - April 13 (12 classes)Image of young girl on clay tile from Experimental Photo on Clay class with Anne Eder.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET on Zoom
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description: Are you someone who enjoys combining art and science? If so, this course may be for you. Photography on clay is still an area of discovery, and in previous sessions we barely scratched the surface of understanding the physical and chemical web and the fascinating intersections of organic and inorganic crossover of these two mediums. This class builds on the Intro level class, goes deeper into the science, and establishes new ground in real time.... Read more about Experimental Photography on Clay - Online

Plant Based Printing - Online

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Dates: January 25 - April 12 (12 classes)Image of man on leave using photo processes and plants for Anne Eder class. Artist John Joyce.
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET on Zoom
Level: Beginning – Intermediate
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description: Get outdoors with this introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials obtained from the backyard, a nearby park, or even the grocery! This class is an introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, and other plant-based printing methords.... Read more about Plant Based Printing - Online

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